FERGIE HOPEFUL OVER ANDERSON
Sir Alex Ferguson is crossing his fingers that Manchester United midfielder Anderson does not have his career wrecked by injury.
The United boss has ruled the Brazilian out of the remainder of this season with a hamstring injury.
Anderson has been restricted to just 16 appearances this term, and only four since the beginning of November.
The 24-year-old has been blighted by a succession of problems since his £25million move from FC Porto in 2007 and there are now fears Ferguson will discard the South American as he looks to reinforce his midfield during the summer.
"He hasn't really realised his potential, which is there for all to see," said Ferguson.
"He is a fantastic footballer. I just hope he doesn't have the bad luck that Michael Owen has had throughout his career.
"Obviously he's still very young and I'm sure we will get the benefit of that."
Ferguson confirmed that Owen could still play a part in the title run-in after finally returning to training following over five months out with a thigh injury.
However, the former England forward will miss Sunday's encounter with Everton at Old Trafford, as will Paul Pogba, with an ankle injury, although Ferguson has revealed a deal is now in place to extend the 19-year-old's contract, which just requires an agreement from the player himself.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has tipped Wayne Rooney to smash Sir Bobby Charlton's Manchester United all-time goalscoring record.
Charlton scored 249 goals during his 17-year United career.
Rooney's double against Aston Villa last weekend took him onto 178, just one behind George Best and Dennis Viollet, joint fourth on the Red Devils' scoring charts, and only 71 behind Charlton, and he is still only 26.
"He has time on his side to beat all types of records," said Ferguson.
"There is every chance of beating Bobby's record.
"He is on track to beat it and I am sure he will do it."
Rooney is on 31 for the season, three adrift of the 34 he scored two seasons ago which represents his highest total to date.
He will be additionally keen to do well against former club on Sunday, with Ferguson believing it will provide Rooney with "the edge" he needs to perform at his best.
"We have had a clutch of players who scored an incredible amount of goals," said Ferguson.
"I always thought of Wayne as a player who scored goals in clutches. Now they are evening themselves out and his scoring record is terrific.
"What I have always said about him is that he plays on the edge.
"He likes the edge to a big game and he has a big game on Sunday."
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